Last modified on February 20, 2024

CCAM partnership clusters

The CCAM Cluster structure (see Figure below) shows the links between specific R&I actions and the progress towards the Operational Objectives of the Partnership. The Clusters are interlinked and each Cluster provides input to other Clusters. Together they form a comprehensive framework for achieving the Partnerships’ Specific and General Objectives and delivering the expected impacts.

The starting point is the understanding of the people needs and societal aspects of mobility (see Cluster 6), advancing technologies (Cluster 2, Cluster 4 and Cluster 5) and demonstrating the maturity at a large scale (Cluster 1 and Cluster 3)

Key enabling technologies (Cluster 5) are needed to enhance solutions. These will be implemented together with future vehicle technologies for sensing, sensor fusion and enhanced safety systems (Cluster 2). The overall transport system integration complements safe human-machine interaction to understand the requirements and needs for traffic and fleet management and provide physical and digital infrastructure support (see Cluster 4).

Before demonstrating at a large scale (see Cluster 1), safe and resilient system functioning needs to be validated (Cluster 3). All activities are linked through coordination (Cluster 7) of all relevant stakeholders, ensuring alignment, interoperability and accelerating innovation uptake. Below a short description of each cluster, whereas by clicking each tile more information is available.

Cluster 1: Large-scale Demonstration. The objective of Cluster 1 is to continuously implement results of all other Clusters into Large-scale Demonstrations in Pilots, FOTs and Living Labs supporting deployment readiness and a final impact assessment.

Cluster 2: Vehicle technologies. This Cluster aims to deliver the most efficient and effective future solutions which have been proven to be safe and reliable. For Europe’s future mobility and transport system, significant technical research and innovation challenges must be overcome since tomorrow’s highly automated vehicles will rely on advanced solutions to “sense-think-act’, enabling safe interaction with other road users and providing protection in the case of emergency, while also ensuring the wellbeing of the vehicle occupants.

Cluster 3: Validation. This Cluster will provide the procedures, methodologies and tools which are needed for validating, verifying and rating CCAM systems, in terms of both technologies themselves and human factors handling the technologies. This will include suitable metrics and references for system behaviour and performance.

Cluster 4: Integrating CCAM in the transport system. The research and innovation activities in this Cluster will advance the physical and digital infrastructure support for CCAM vehicles and improve connectivity and cooperation between actors, which will support the integration of CCAM vehicles in the overall transport system so that fleet and traffic management systems can be enhanced.

Cluster 5: Key enabling technologies, like Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, cybersecurity and Edge computing will support the whole mobility system consisting of vehicle technologies, integrating the vehicles in the transport system, as well as the validation of all aspects of the entire system. Cluster 5 is embedding the “Key enabling technologies” with technical details, contributions, requirements and risks for Cluster 2, 3 and 4.

Cluster 6: Societal aspects and people needs. This Cluster delivers the framework for understanding and taking into account user and citizen needs, and societal aspects of mobility to all other Clusters. Methods and measures for societal impact assessment will be developed and applied when executing the final societal impact assessment from Cluster 1 results.

Cluster 7: Coordination. This Cluster is coordinating all CCAM stakeholders and activities, facilitates knowledge exchange und enables lessons learned.

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